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Blast from the Past

February 13, 2008

Week of Feb. 10, 1958

Thirty-one children and eight adults underwent treatment at the Easter Seal Treatment Center in January for a wide variety of articulation problems. These included delayed speech, stuttering, nasality (voice quality), cerebral palsy, cleft palate, spina bifida, fractures, tendon transplant, cerebral vascular accident (stroke), muscle strain and muscular dystrophy.

Easter Seal money was used for 49.8 percent of the costs for the treatments. A charge for treatment has been set which is comparable to similar medical services. When an insurance company or another agency does not pay for treatment, each patient decides how much of the cost he can assume. The Maryland Society for Crippled Children and Adults underwrite the rest of the cost.

Patients are accepted for service only on the written recommendation of their doctor, who determines according to the disability the type of therapy which will be the most helpful.

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The Center serves Washington, Frederick, and Montgomery counties.

Are you physically fit? The answer to this all-important question can be obtained tomorrow at the Hagerstown YMCA on North Potomac Street.

As a free service aimed at improving the health and welfare of this community, the YMCA is offering a physical fitness clinic, open to all men and high school boys of this city and vicinity.

"Every man should know his physical capability, and these tests give each individual's physical condition," explained Harry Culp, physical director at the YMCA. "Our daily lives are filled with mechanization and passive entertainment, and each person should do a little exercise each day in the privacy of his home."

Howard F. Johnston of the Funkhouser Company in Hagerstown has been invited by President Eisenhower to attend the President's tenth annual conference on occupational safety, to be held in Washington March 25-27.

The theme of the conference will be "Safety conserves manpower - manpower builds the future."

There were 14,300 deaths and nearly 2 million injuries caused by on-the-job injuries in 1956.

The President will greet the expected 3,000 to 4,000 delegates, and Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell will address them, as will other leading figures of industry and labor.

Week of Feb. 10, 1983

Washington County schools, many businesses and all Hagerstown banks shut down this morning because of a severe winter storm which had blanketed the area with more than six inches of snow by 10 a.m.

Predictions were that the area could receive a foot of snow before the storm passes through later today. Some National Weather Service reports even talked of the possibility of 20 inches on the ground by nightfall.

The 6 a.m. flight of the Washington County Regional Airport got off on schedule this morning, bound for Baltimore and Washington. But a spokesman at the airport said the second flight out was delayed due to visibility problems at the Baltimore airport.

Officials said tonight's Billy "Crash" Craddock and Box Car Willie performance at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later time.

The Valley Restaurant on Noland Drive will soon open a 60-seat restaurant in the vacant Woolworth's building on West Washington Street, just off Public Square.

The Valley, run by two former missionaries, currently features a Christian emphasis at its Noland Drive location. The new restaurant will be located next door to the Christian Light Bookstore - a "welcome coincidence" for downtown, said co-owner Bob Robinson.

He said the downtown restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch only, unless there's a call for more dinner trade downtown.

-- Compiled by Kelly Moreno

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